Osteopaths with a focus on children see children of all ages for musculoskeletal and neurological care, movement concerns, positioning and postural issues. They work with children needing rehabilitation after injury or post-surgery, as well as children with long term health conditions, physical disabilities, growth and movement issues.
Osteopaths with a focus on school-aged children examine movement, growth and development issues specific to their age or stage, such as assessment of muscle, joint, tendon and nerve injuries occurring in sporting activities. If issues needing clinical care are found, osteopaths consider factors in a child’s life, thoughts, family relationship and broader health that might impact the issue.
Osteopaths with a focus on school-aged children offer a range of clinical services to manage conditions, such as common issues associated with physical activities and sports. This may include appropriate manual therapy treatments, education on movement and activities for maintaining or growing physical skills, and advice on exercise programs and rehabilitation.
Osteopaths with a focus on school-aged children work in association with other health professionals, including medical practitioners, paediatricians, podiatrists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and psychologists. They may organise referrals to other health professionals in supporting children and their families.